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Clerk Won't Seek Third Term

DENVER – Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson will not seek a third term for office in 2019.

“It is my privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Denver since being elected in 2011,” Clerk Johnson said. “With two more years left in office, I still have much to accomplish. However, I plan to retire from public service after 25 years.”

Johnson has received national and international awards for her use of technology, innovation in elections, automating processes, making records available online and the reduction of customer wait times.

Johnson is only the second elected Clerk and Recorder in Denver.

Johnson was at the center of the fight for marriage equality in Colorado in 2014 when she took on that legal challenge. Johnson refused to issue same sex marriage licenses in order to be sued because she believed that law was indefensible. The courts sided with Johnson and the City and County of Denver to usher in marriage equality throughout the state.

As head of elections for Denver, Johnson oversaw the largest election ever in the general election in 2016. More than 90 percent of Denver voters voted with their mail ballot, and 83 percent of active voters exercised their right.

Johnson was instrumental in the passage of historic recording legislation which ensures that all Colorado counties have up-to-date electronic recording equipment. This legislation had little benefit for Denver but was key to maintain the efficiency and integrity of recording in Colorado.

She wrote and championed legislation closing the loopholes in Colorado’s proxy marriage laws to ensure marriage can’t be used for sex trafficking or bringing people into the country illegally.